Homelessness and Domestic Violence in Europe: A Problem with Documentation
Monday, September 10, 2007 1:39 PM

The European Observatory of Homelessness has published a report that examines the approaches to data collection on homelessness and the measurement issues involved in each EU country. The report aims to improve the capacity of authorities to comprehensively and consistently address homelessness.

The report specifically highlights the lack of information about the number of women seeking assistance and housing due to domestic violence. The report found that the data on cases of domestic violence is largely compiled at the national level based on information from individual domestic violence projects. As such, this data excludes those domestic violence survivors who seek assistance at homeless shelters.  

Moreover, most project data only records the number of women admitted into shelter accommodation and does not account for the number of women turned away due to lack of beds. Many of the women turned away either return to the homes of their perpetrators or go to a homeless shelter. Therefore, data on the number of women experiencing domestic violence is vastly . A more inclusive in data collection and measurement is necessary to develop a comprehensive strategy to address homelessness on account of domestic violence.

Since 2000, the European Council has fought against poverty and social exclusion through the European social inclusion strategy. The strategy's framework encourages coordinated national policy developments with regards to poverty, housing, and preventing homelessness.

Compiled from: "Fifth Review of Statistics on Homelessness in Europe," Bill Edgar and Henk Meert in collaboration with the correspondents of the European Observatory on Homelessness, November 2006.